WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) joined Denis O’Hayer on WABE’s Morning Edition and Laura Anderson on AM Savannah to discuss immigration, trade, defense funding, the debt crisis, and full funding for the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project (SHEP).
Strengthening Our Military: “Military investment around the state of Georgia is critical. We have nine military installations, and Savannah is a huge part of that because of the port, air facilities, and the big footprint of Fort Stewart. The defense funding bill really helps our military get back the strength we need it to have.”
Past The Tipping Point: “The Medicare trust fund will require cuts in eight years. We have a $21 trillion debt. The Social Security Trust Fund will require cuts in about 12 years. My frustration is that we have a hard time getting a dialogue going in Washington about those issues.”
Enforcing The Law: “This is a crisis, but we will solve immigration. President Trump is enforcing the law, and we want to keep the families together. There is no reason we can’t do both.”
Leveling The Playing Field: “What President Trump is trying to do is create a level playing field. Germany just offered a deal to mutually eliminate tariffs. That’s a big step forward.”
SHEP Fully Funded: “We now have full funding to get the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project going next year. I’m optimistic that we can increase our exports if we get equal access around the world, and that is what President Trump is trying to do.”
Economic Engine: “We could finish the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project in the next four or so years. That is critical because these big Panamax ships are already coming into the Port, but they are having to come in half loaded. If the ships can be fully loaded it will be much cheaper, help us export more, and create jobs. The Port is a huge economic engine in Savannah.”
Senator Perdue is the only Fortune 500 CEO in Congress and is serving his first term in the United States Senate, where he represents Georgia on the Armed Services, Banking, Budget, and Agriculture Committees.